Advancing the profession and promoting the oral health of the public by increasing access to oral health care

The Advocacy Committee of AzDHA represents the interests of Arizona dental hygienists in legislative and regulatory matters affecting the licensure and practice of dental hygienists in the state of Arizona. We are your voice and we stay abreast of all relevant activities of the Arizona Board of Dental Examiners (BODEX) including the Dental Hygiene Committee, the Arizona State Legislature and other governmental agencies such as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).

We are fortunate to work in collaboration with Compass Strategies, one of the most influential public affairs and political consulting firms in Arizona.

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Advocacy Update

As an oral health professional, you know first-hand about the link between oral health and overall health and the great disparities that exist in access to oral health care. Currently, about 58 million Americans rely on Medicare programs for health care and only a third of them have any coverage for oral health because Medicare does not provide for oral health services.

ADHA is asking all members to contact their federal representatives in support of Medicare coverage for oral health services. In less than two minutes, you can urge your federal legislators to improve access to care for this vulnerable population by including coverage for oral health services in Medicare.

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Make Your Voice Heard

Have you ever wished there was an easy way to quickly let legislators know your position on a particular bill? Well, your wish has been granted – it’s called the Request to Speak Program. This program of the Arizona State Legislature allows members of the public to make comments and give their position on bills being considered in Legislative Committees at the House and Senate. AzDHA members are invited to register for the program by clicking the link below. An account will be created for you by the AzDHA Advocacy Team. Once your account is created, you will notified by email and you can comment on bills being heard in Committee through your online access. Legislative Committees hear bills January through April so get prepared NOW!

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Watch the brief videos below to learn more about the legislative process and current issues for the AzDHA!


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